Lately, life has been good. Far from perfect, but so good. I’m not anxious about anything these days and I’m excited about everything. I’m just happy with the way life is right now. I think I’ve adjusted to my “non-teacher” lifestyle and it’s feeling just right.
Earlier this week, Jack and I had a park date. Just him and I. We brought bread for the ducks. Of course he was thrilled to get to feed them. The only problem was, the ducks weren’t all that patient. Low and behold, Jack’s finger was mistaken for a piece of bread. He was much happier at that point feeding them while in the comfort of my arms. We ended up laughing it off. I think Jack was mainly laughing to keep from crying. I love his nervous laugh. That laugh alone makes me laugh. It was a hot, humid day and the sweat seemed to never stop, but aside from that, I didn’t have a care in the world. No stress or feeling rushed. It was nice to feel such calmness. I feel like this is the first time in a long time I’ve felt completely at peace. I don’t feel the need to change any aspect of my life. It’s pretty dang good as is.
We’ve had so many changes in our life recently from leaving my job as a teacher to my husband switching from night shift to day shift at his job. From Jackson being a baby to actually seeming like a full blown toddler. It’s crazy how much he’s grown just this summer. This is one of those times I wish I could just freeze. All the changes that have happened have had such a positive impact on my family and especially my attitude, and it’s feeling so good. Looking at the glass half full sure makes life happier.
Jack is becoming so verbal. Not saying a ton of words, but really trying to communicate. He’s understanding everything and thinks we understand him back. He’s started saying “Lola” (our pug) so well now. He says it more than any other word. “Wowa” is how he pronounces it and it’s probably one of the cutest things I’ve ever heard. Their relationship is just the sweetest. Jack laughs hysterically at her and spoils her with snacks. For some reason Lola loves to be splashed with water or sand and Jack is always more than happy to help her out. It seems to get funnier every time. Her leaping into the air to try and catch it with her mouth and Jackson’s giggles after each throw. They provide lots of entertainment for one another. It’s so fun to watch. I could write a book about just the two of them and all of their shenanigans.
Jack is such a light and at such a FUN age. His personality shines through more and more each day. I blame him for the majority of my positivity, because he forces me to see it everyday. His random kisses or his nose scrunches when he’s being silly. His eagerness to help me in the kitchen or his sympathetic gestures when you get a boo boo. His sweet “head hugs” or his rounds of peek-a-boos while hiding behind my dresses. He never lets me go too long without making me smile.
We are enjoying the summer days with our family and friends. They’re full of yummy food, backyard grilling, park dates, pool days, beach trips, zoo walks, traveling, sight seeing, bike rides, long strolls, and anything else we come up with to do. Luckily, living in Texas, the warm weather allows for many more days outside, doing all the things we love, but none will be quite the same as this summer. Things will change again and I’m hoping they’ll feel just as good.